Thursday, July 5, 2012

Whole-Class Journaling

As I continue to work on my school homework and the Writing Center in my classroom, I come to a lot of realizations...

1. I'm pretty sure I failed my students when it came to teaching them crucial writing skills.
2. My reading lessons next year need to include more writing.
3. I WILL focus more on writing! (If I say it enough it'll come true, right?)

I've tossed around the idea of giving my kiddos a class blog. They love using the computer, and I think it would encourage them to write-- not to mention help them become more independent and excited to write!

But for the time being I will work on adding items to my Writing Center to help my students just sit down and write.

While I was on Pinterest I discovered "Whole Class Journals". These are notebooks with one theme, like: Puppies. So everyone can choose to write in that specific journal whenever they feel like it-- they just have to put their name/date at the top of their page-- and make sure they return the journal-- and make sure they stay on topic.

Anyway, I saw this cute idea to glue the prompts on the fronts of the notebooks to make organizing easy. But, you know me, it's never as easy as it looks. I searched for printable journal covers... and failed. So I had my "ah-ha!" moment when I decided I could simply make it myself and share. So that's what I did!





I really look forward to seeing what my kids come up with-- I think they will enjoy reading them as a class! My favorite prompt is "What would you do if you were in the middle of a lake and your boat started to sink?" My kids can be very creative-- I think there will be some funny answers.

Click on the image below to download the journal covers!


And to my non-teacher readers, thanks for sticking through this post (You're the best!)

5 comments:

  1. That last part was just for me, right? Even if it wasn't, I'm pretending like it was, just cause I like to feel special. Also, I wish I was in your class so I could write in the whole class journals... It sounds like fun!

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  2. I love this idea! Thank you for sharing! I know what you mean by adding more writing...I need to do the same and have been searching for an idea to add intrest to my writing center.

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  3. Thank you! THis was just what I was looking for to use in my class!!!

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  4. Thank you for saving me the time of having to make these... it was exactly what I was looking for!

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  5. This idea seems to be "heaven sent" to me. I just finished marking 28 stories from my class of gifted students. To say the least I am crestfallen. I need to find a way to get them writing MORE. I had seen the idea before on Pinterest of Whole Class Journals, but reading your blog post made it all much more clear to me.
    I love it so much I would like to invite you to come and share it at my New Year Linky Party I'm hosting on my blog (my first every party) at http://teachingisagift.blogspot.ca! I think there are many other teachers out there who would LOVE to download this freebie!
    I will be sure to let you know how it works with my class in the New Year....now I have to find some notebooks I can use:) That is what after Christmas sales are for right?

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